(Closed) Afternoon vs. Evening wedding

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sunshine.lover:  Most weddings are in the evening because it is more convenient for guests who have to travel and you can serve dinner, which is a more substantial meal than lunch. Events with lots of out of town guests are usually in the evening because you don’t want non-local guests to have to fend for themselves for dinner. Evening weddings support a party atmoshere and encourage dancing, staying out late, drinking ect. 

Afternoon weddings are generally less expensive since fewer people want afternoon weddings so vendors have less people trying to hire them at that time of day. Guests generally drink less (lower bar costs) and leave earlier. Afternoon weddings are a better option if you are on a budget. You can also get away with a cake and punch (or appetizers adnd dessert ect.) reception in the afternoon, whereas guests expect a meal in the evening. Afternoon receptions are usually more relaxed (less formal attire) than evening receptions. It is more acceptable to have an afternoon reception if all of your guests are local (since they can go home for dinner).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m having an afternoon wedding, but serving a buffet dinner at the reception.  My fiance and I are not big partiers (neither is our family), so an afternoon reception would be fine and more convenient for our local guests.  We also want to leave for our honeymoon the next day, so we’ll have a night to ourselves and be able to unwind before we hop on a plane.  

I think I would consider the type of guests you are inviting (younger vs. older crowd), what you want at your reception, and budget.  Also, if you’re leaving for your honeymoon the following morning, you might want a few hours of shut eye before having to leave.  Make a pros and cons list, and let that be your guide 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m doing brunch because we’re morning people and don’t want to wait all day.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i had an evening wedding b/c we didn’t want to feel rushed throughout the day.  also, my family and friends are night owls.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are getting married in September and move up the time because we need the sun light for pictures the time to 4:00pm.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like evening better, so there is dinner and dancing into the night. The last two daytime/afternoon weddings I attended involved getting up at 5am to get hair done which was not fun! If the wedding had been later in the day it wouldn’t have been so early.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We had a 1pm wedding with an afternoon reception – budget friendly for us was the key!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Midday cruise wedding. We’re providing an ample lunch and wine. We don’t have a whole lot of first-time out-of-towners and those that are and not related to either family are newly married themselves and will be provided with all sorts of suggestions for dinner and stuff to do in the area.

We’re going to take off after the reception and I like that some of our wedding day will be just the two of us.  I’m hoping to leave for our honeymoon three days later but those plans haven’t been made yet, and we may wait to go somewhere nice after winter sets in.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@asscherlover:  +1 great response! 

 

I always wanted an evening wedding but I was being pushed into a corner by potential venues due to availability constraints. But then I found the perfect venue with my date available and I can now have the dreamy evening wedding that I originally imagined.

Also, I’m not a morning person. Having the time to prepare mentally and emotionally through the day is a plus.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would have loved to have an evening wedding (hello twinkle lights and candles!) but our venue requires us to be out by 7:30 pm. It’s a county park so we have to abide by their rules.
However, I’ve heard that natural sunlight makes for better pictures. I’m happy regardless.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m getting married at 2pm. That’s because we’re having a winter wedding and we want light for pictures and anything later means it’ll start getting dark. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We are having a 4:30 ceremony and. 6:30 dinner and the reception ends at 10 due to local law for noise. We are also leaving for our honeymoon the next day. Our wedding is mostly older family members so its not like they’ll want to tear up the dance floor until 2am anyways. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

It depends on your interests and day of the week the wedding is on. We want an afternoon wedding still serving dinner cause neither of us like dancing so we won’t be having it and because we want to get married on a Sunday we want to wrap up earlier so we can let guests go and we can start our awesome honeymoon earlier and not be super tired 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t want to wait all day so our ceremony started at noon but some things got very rushed n because if it 

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